Spencer Lee wins battle of former Hawkeye lightweights to win 57 kg at U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This was what the fans wanted to see, right?

Spencer Lee. Thomas Gilman. Two former Hawkeyes. Two world-class wrestlers.

But only one could win the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling.

In a highly-anticipated best-of-three finals series, it was Lee who emerged victorious, defeating Gilman two matches to none to win the Trials at 57 kilograms.

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Penn State freestyle wrestlers put on a show during Olympic Trials challenge tournament

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As Aaron Brooks celebrated on Mat 2 on Friday night, a familiar chant broke out inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

You know the one.

The first voice came from one end of the arena.

We Are …

And those clad in blue and white responded.

… Penn State!

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Kennedy Blades rolls through challenge tournament, takes aim at Adeline Gray for Olympic spot

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Sunkist Kids, one of America’s most successful Senior-level wrestling clubs, is closing after this season. Art Martori, who founded the club in 1976, is retiring, and he is leaving behind a decorated legacy.

The numbers: 67 Olympians, 29 Olympic medalists, including 12 who won gold, and countless more World Team members and medals. The excellence, as well as its importance to wrestling’s growth in the United States, may go unmatched for years.

At these U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling, the last crop of Sunkist Kids are hoping to do Martori proud one final time. That includes Kennedy Blades, the 20-year-old sensation from Chicago, and after the first day of competition on Friday here at the Bryce Jordan Center, she’s one step closer to fulfilling her Olympic dream.

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Ellis Coleman wins another challenge tournament to reach another best-of-three championship final

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ellis Coleman reached back in time on Friday, and finds himself two wins away from another trip to the Olympic Games. Again.

Coleman navigated the 67-kilogram challenge tournament to reach the best-of-three championship finals at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling here at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The 32-year-old Chicago native won three matches on Friday by a combined 20-5: a 9-0 technical fall over Peter Ogunsanya, a 4-0 decision over third-seeded Robert Perez III, then a thrilling 7-5 semifinal victory over a red-hot Xavier Johnson.

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Semifinal matchups set at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Wrestling in State College

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The preliminary rounds of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling set a mean pace for what’s expected to be a tremendous two-day tournament here at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Friday’s opening session, which included the first-round and quarterfinal matches, featured current high-schoolers and young college stars beating their Senior-level peers and pushing world team members and Olympic medalists. It included a couple of surprising semifinal runs and some dominant performances by true contenders.

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Pat Smith Set for 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling

MINNEAPOLIS – Former Gopher wrestler Pat Smith is set to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling this weekend with eyes on the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics later this summer.

The two-day event runs Friday and Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Action begins Friday morning at 9 a.m. CT with the Challenge Tournament preliminaries, quarterfinals and consolation rounds. The semifinals and finals take place Friday night beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday features the final best-of-three championship series starting at 9 a.m. CT and continuing at 5:30 p.m. Peacock and USA Network will provide streaming and linear coverage, while TrackWrestling will have live results.

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Pre-seeds released for U.S. Olympic Team Trials Wrestling

The USA Wrestling National Coaching Staff has finalized the pre-seeds for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the respective disciplines ahead of this week’s much-anticipated event in State College, Pa.

There are 13 athletes who sit out to the best-of-three Championship Finals Series (based upon specific criteria) and six athletes who advance to the semifinals of the Challenge Tournament based upon winning a 2023 World medal in a non-Olympic weight class.

Seeding criteria considered in building these seeds include the USA Wrestling Performance Index (PIN), head-to-head results, common opponents, and tournament placements at national and international events.

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